The quality of music at Mass can have a profound impact on our experience. Mediocre music can leave us feeling uninspired, or worse, disconnect us from our experience. Good music can lift us up, connecting us to something greater than ourselves. My vision for St. Ben’s has always been that we should be a home for good music, inspiring music, transcendent music…
I am excited to invite you to our sixth annual Christmas Concert on Friday, December 14th at 7pm. This year, the choir and orchestra will present John Rutter’s Mass of the Children as our featured work. Mass of the Children, published in 2003, is unlike anything we’ve undertaken before. We will enlist the musical forces of a 70+ voice children’s choir, 60+ adult chorus, and full symphonic orchestra…
If you took a tag from the giving tree, please remember that you need to either return your unwrapped gift to the RECTORY, with the tag affixed to the outside, or if it is for Maryville, you can also ship it to them directly no later than Monday, December 10th.
Last month, during our discussion of the book Divine Renovation, we started to address the topic of clergy sexual abuse as we discussed chapter 3 "House of Pain". It became apparent there is a need for a larger discussion of this topic in order to facilitate the process of healing in our Church.
Obviously, we don't have all the answers, nor can we expect to solve this crisis on our own. However, having an open and honest discussion will allow us to begin the healing process.
We will hold an all-parish conversation about this difficult topic.
The meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 11th, from 7pm to 9pm in Beaven Hall.
Our Annual Christmas Eve Nativity Gospel Play is right around the corner! This is open to all children from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. This is the form to sign up your child to participate in this years Nativity Play. Please sign up for the practices that correspond to the Mass you will be attending. Speaking roles will be determined during practices. All three practices must be attended if your child has a speaking role. Roles will be assigned on the first day of practice…
We end each Mass with the commission: “Go forth”, but do we actually take this commission to heart? Join us for a spiritual refresher, specifically geared toward liturgical ministers. Led by Graziano & Nancy Marchesi, renowned authors and liturgists, this morning retreat is sure to recharge your spiritual batteries. The retreat is a collaborative effort on the part of St. Benedict, St. Andrew, St. Edward, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parishes. This year’s retreat will be hosted at St. Benedict Church 2215 W. Irving Park (corner of Irving and Leavitt). This event is offered free of charge and is open to all. We will take up a free-will offering to help offset the cost of the event.
Please register by January 5th, 2019, so we can plan accordingly….